Obsessed is such a strong word…..

but it’s truly not strong enough for the way this girl feels about her moonie! She has a moon night light, she screams with joy every time she finds it in the sky. She has been known to tell people that they can have the sun but the moon is hers!

So of course I couldn’t pass up a chance to take her to NASA!!!

She's in love!
She’s in love!
That's the I.S.S. honey!  You could get a job there if you want.
That’s the I.S.S. honey! You could get a job there if you want.

There are no good pictures of Jilly at Rocket Park. She just ran around and explored. She went inside everything she could climb inside totally ignoring the ropes and “Do Not Cross” signs. I guess when you own the moon you can make your own rules.

Rocket Park
Rocket Park
Walking into a space shuttle
Walking into a space shuttle
Can I live here?
Can I live here?
That's no moon
That’s no moon

She was very disappointed in the size of the moon rock and said it wasn’t big enough for her.

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Follow your dreams baby! If you want to ride in the real one you go for it!!

and beyond!
and beyond!



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I’m living in an internet world!

If you spend any time on the book of faces you have seen this picture. People have been tagged, you might have laughed.

Well it seems I’m living it! The girls were counting down, I had my finger ready on the camera and then Jillian turns and laughs and jumps! Luckily I was quick enough and caught it. This is made funnier by the fact that just that morning I myself was tagged in the ballet girl picture with the comment “this is your Jillian”

Everyone's got that one sister
Everyone’s got that one sister

You have no idea how right you are my friend!



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Celebrating America on the Lake!

Ok I know this post is a few days late…but we had a great July 4th in our Little Kingdom!

We started out with a party at a friends house. Amazing fireworks and free flowing margaritas. There was swimming and zip lining, a game room and music. It was a great party and there was something for everyone.

a rare selfie
a rare selfie
My Little firecracker
My Little firecracker

She had tons of fun playing on the water slides.

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some ladies were getting into the drinks
some ladies were getting into the drinks

I might have left my phone with them most of the day, needless to say I came back to some pretty funny facebook updates. My mom tried Jello shots for the first time! I’m glad they were all having fun.

The next day we woke up to have another adventure! This time we were headed back to Lake Tejas with a bigger group!! Veronica was going to visit it for the first time and the hubster was going back for the first time in 20 years! Aunt Mary and Uncle Tommie were even along! Armed with hamburger patties and watermelon we were ready to continue our celebration of the 4th of July!

Veronica went off the big slide!
Veronica went off the big slide!
We loved having Daddy with us this time!
We loved having Daddy with us this time!
Sisters jumping together
Sisters jumping together
Playing in the sand
Playing in the sand
somebody got into the cherries during our picnic.
somebody got into the cherries during our picnic.

It was a great weekend with my family. I’m so happy my Aunt and Uncle came to play with us and so proud of Aunt Mary for jumping off the diving board and going down the big slide. It was great to get to share some fun parts of our world with our family!



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What’s in a name?

So in the last few weeks I have been asked more times then usual about my daughters’ names. They are not ones you hear often (at least where we live) and they are nice….flow well together. So since we haven’t done anything exciting and worth blogging about just sit back and enjoy a story. If you already know the stories then just scroll on by. :)

First I need to tell you that my husband’s name is a sentence. When translated it means “King of a town of Little Devils” ok that’s funny and magical.

We have an old fashioned last name straight out of England so we knew we wanted old fashioned names. As a teacher I knew they had to be names I didn’t hear often.

1. Veronica Elizabeth:

The meaning of the name Veronica: Bringing Victory
The meaning of the name Elizabeth: God Is My Oath

Veronica was my great grandma’s name and Elizabeth was my grandma’s name. As soon as I knew I was having a girl I knew Elizabeth was going to be in there. That was not an option. Veronica was one we called out of a book but when I looked at it I knew. I knew that it was perfect. We managed to keep it a secret until she was born. I kinda liked that we kept it secret, but I think it drove the grandparents a little crazy. :)

My FAVORITE photo!
My FAVORITE photo!

2. Danielle Marie:

The meaning of the name Danielle: God Is My Judge
The meaning of the name Marie: Of The Sea Or Bitter

I wish I could tell you there is a romantic story behind Danielle’s name, I truly do but my momma taught me not to lie. Marie was my grandma’s middle name, so in my heart my grandma is truly living on within my children.

Danielle on the other hand comes from a crush. See to help me relax while I was pregnant Hubster had me start watching Stargate SG1 and well I kinda fell in love. I loved the stories. I loved the characters. I loved the universe that was created.

I loved this man. He was kind. He was smart. He was caring. He was nerdy.

Dr. Daniel Jackson

On a whim I said “Why don’t we use the name Danielle after Dr. Jackson?” Well it stuck. He loved it and I loved it. So my Danielle came from my fan girl love! :)

D Marie
D Marie

3. Jillian Alexandria

The meaning of the name Jillian: Youthful
The meaning of the name Alexandria: City Of Alexander

When Danielle was 9 months old I started my teaching career. My first year teaching as I’m standing in front of the class calling attendance for the first time I read Jillian. In my mind I heard “that’s your daughter’s name”. I laughed it off because well it wasn’t and at that point we were done with two. So I went on with life.

Much like it happens when you let God be in control I had a perfectly timed not 100% planned pregnancy that I wouldn’t change. I found out it was a girl and I remember Jillian and that name. Well Hubster liked it but he didn’t love it. He was set on a Catherine, but in my heart I knew. So we went to the hospital with a plan. If she was born with red hair she was Jillian because it would fit…if she wasn’t well then she wasn’t.

On September 28, 2011 out came my little red headed freckle faced Jillian! The first thing Hubster said he saw was “She’s Jillian”! I knew all along she would be.

Alexandria came from books! Both hubster and I had been engrossed in any and all books involving Greek Mythology and I felt it was best to use that as her middle name. I wish it was shorter and lots of times I call her Jillian Grace (that was my choice but because of Veronica we couldn’t do that). However I feel she has a pretty strong name.

Cute and smart
Cute and smart

All baby name meanings were copied from www.babynames.com



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Inside Out Family Fun!

For the 3rd year in a row my family got together with friends and family and enjoyed a kids movie and dinner. Each year I am so very grateful for those that come out and join my daughters in this fun day. It’s always a movie for them but typically the adults enjoy the day more! The girls spend the week up to the Family Fun Day dancing around singing and counting the people that are going to be there with them.

This year’s movie was the newest Pixar on Inside Out. Short review- it’s about feelings having feelings.

They all fit!
They all fit!

While we waited in line we took a chance to enjoy the photo op!

#PeanutPals
#PeanutPals

Afterwards we walked to the nearby resturant and enjoyed them cooking at our table.

Yummy!
Yummy!

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I tried to be sneaky with my camera and came out with this one. She would have gone home with her if we would have let her!

Jillian loves her Aunt Amber!
Jillian loves her Aunt Amber!

Will we do it again next summer? You bet!! Next summer I think it’s going to be Finding Family Fun!



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Food with Freckles- What to do with those Blueberries you picked!

Well it’s blueberry season around here and that means a bunch of you are going berry picking and making memories! Here is our thoughts about a great way to use up all those blueberries as told by Freckles (Jillian).

Step 1= Get your Matka to take you without your big sisters so you get all the berries to yourself!

try to avoid the red ones!
try to avoid the red ones!

Step 2= Make sure to wear the proper clothing when cooking!

We are cookers now mommy!
We are cookers now mommy!

Step 3= Pancakes!!

When do the blueberries go in?
When do the blueberries go in?
Yummy!!
Yummy!!

Step 4= Mom we have more blueberries! Let’s make bread!

Putting in the ingredients
Putting in the ingredients

Step 5= Aren’t they pretty?

Is this enough?
Is this enough?

Step 6= Eat a few before you put them in.

Love them!
Love them!

Step 7= Enjoy!

These are going to go quick with the way they smell!
These are going to go quick with the way they smell!

We made Blueberry Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crunch Topping!! So incredibly good!



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Livin’ the Lake Life

There were no signs leading there, nothing pointing us in the correct direction but we had a goal and we were going to swim in a lake! That’s one thing about Texas you can always find a lake or a river to jump in and when the sun is shining in the summer you will want to jump in!

Jillian thinks we can't get there fast enough
Jillian thinks we can’t get there fast enough
Finally!
Finally!

Danielle would jump off of every surface I would let her! I had to be a protective mom and not let her climb the 20 foot diving board, but I’m sure when we go back with her daddy she’ll be jumping off that one too!!

Danielle loving it!
Danielle loving it!

Little sister won’t go off the diving board at the public pool but she’ll jump 1,000 times off the one into the lake!

Jillian checking out the diving board
Jillian checking out the diving board

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She did it!
She did it!

We played and played and played. We grilled hot dogs on an open flame and ate our fruit salad out of a sand bucket (it was clean). We managed to protect our freckles and not get a sun burn and have already scheduled at least 3 trips back!

Lake life is the BEST life!
Lake life is the BEST life!

Just chillaxin’ in the tube!

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See you next time!
See you next time!

I know some of these pictures are from far away…but First World Problems without a water proof camera. Also Veronica isn’t in any of these pictures because she’s gone to church camp for the week. We are missing our big sister so much!



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